Sigma local officials commit to protect rights, address issues of persons with disabilities

Sigma, Capiz – More than 60 local government officials of the municipality, including all of the 21 barangay (village) captains, participated in the Awareness Raising on Disability Rights of Handicap International (HI). Moreover, officers and members of Sigma Disabled People’s Organization (DPO) Federation participated in the activity. The activity was conducted in the frame of…

Inclusive CBDRRM training manual finalized, to be launched

Its geographical location, exposure to increasing and extreme climate change-induced weather events and the vulnerability of at-risk persons make the Philippines one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. With this, different agencies and organizations working with at-risk persons including children, youth, older people and persons with disabilities developed an inclusive community-based disaster risk…

Handicap International releases Annual Report for 2014

Handicap International’s latest Annual Report provides an overview of our work for and with vulnerable sectors, including persons with disabilities, for the whole year of 2014. The report documents the continuation of our emergency response in particular areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and as well as development-oriented projects and initiatives during the past year. Financial…

HOW TO HUG, AND PAY IT FORWARD, WITHOUT ARMS

(Editor’s Note: This blog is the third of a series by Handicap International Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Cox, a motivational speaker, pilot, wife, and disability rights advocate who was born without arms. Reposted with permission from Handicap International United States.) Over the last few days, I have received an overwhelming number of phone calls and messages…

Baras DPO conducts medical missions in Rizal province

Addressing the importance of health and wellness in inclusive local development, the local disabled people’s organization (DPO) in Baras, Rizal spearheaded medical missions in the province as part of their celebration of the 37th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week. Conducted last July 22 & 23, the Baras Federation of Persons with Disabilities Association,…

Remita: Looking forward to tomorrow

“Of course I remember you. It’s good to see you!” This was Remita’s enthusiastic greeting as she paused from tending her small vegetable patch to greet Handicap International’s shelter team, who came to check the condition of her newly-repaired house in Barangay Bangonbangon, Sigma, Capiz, Philippines. 74-year old Remita and her 72-year old husband Amador…

SURGE conducts orientation on accessibility law in ComVal province

COMPOSTELA VALLEY – To further advocate the need for inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction plans in the area, the Scaling Up Resilience in Governance (SURGE) Project in Davao Region conducted an orientation on the country’s accessibility law for officials and staff in the province of Compostela Valley. Organized last June 15, the project team of…

SEEING BEYOND A PERSON’S DISABILITY

(Editor’s Note: This blog is the second of a series by Handicap International Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Cox, a motivational speaker, pilot, wife, and disability rights advocate who was born without arms. Reposted with permission from Handicap International United States.) Last month, I traveled to Rome to attend the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival. I…

REBUILD officially ends, urges stakeholders to sustain its project’s advocacies

RIZAL PROVINCE – After three and a half years of assisting sectors at risk in pursuing various developmental opportunities, the REBUILD Project of Handicap International (HI) Philippines has officially ended its implementation in the municipality of Baras, Rizal last June 30, 2015. Delivering concrete livelihood support to more than 250 vulnerable families in the municipality, the…

THE POWER OF “I CAN”

(Editor’s Note: This blog is the first of a series by Handicap International Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Cox, a motivational speaker, pilot, wife, and disability rights advocate who was born without arms. Reposted with permission from Handicap International United States.) “You can’t do that!” I’ve heard this line more times than I can count—from kids on…